In Memory of Matthew Thomas Racer

April 27, 1969 – August 10, 2016

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Matthew Thomas Racer April 27, 1969 - August 10, 2016

Matthew Thomas Racer
April 27, 1969 – August 10, 2016

Matthew Thomas Racer of Katy, Texas passed away Wednesday, August 10th 2016 at the age of 47. He was born in Houston, Texas on Sunday, April 27, 1969. Matthew is preceded in death by his father, Charles W. Racer Jr. of York, Pennsylvania. Matthew is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Tara Melinda Racer. They were married in Cozumel, Mexico on July 24th, 1992. He is also survived by his beloved mother Elaine I. Racer, of Missouri City, Texas; brothers Mark W. Racer of Wharton, Texas and Michael J. Racer of Memphis, Tennessee. He is lovingly remembered by sisters-in-law Mary Racer, Blythe Haman, Jennifer Tally, Regina Lawrence…

Matthew Thomas Racer of Katy, Texas passed away Wednesday, August 10th 2016 at the age of 47. He was born in Houston, Texas on Sunday, April 27, 1969.

Matthew is preceded in death by his father, Charles W. Racer Jr. of York, Pennsylvania.

Matthew is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Tara Melinda Racer. They were married in Cozumel, Mexico on July 24th, 1992. He is also survived by his beloved mother Elaine I. Racer, of Missouri City, Texas; brothers Mark W. Racer of Wharton, Texas and Michael J. Racer of Memphis, Tennessee. He is lovingly remembered by sisters-in-law Mary Racer, Blythe Haman, Jennifer Tally, Regina Lawrence Savage and Rebecca Lawrence Hernandez, and nephews Brian and Daniel Racer. Parents-in-law are Robert and Pat Lawrence, of Trinity, Texas and Sheila Haman of Katy, Texas.

He attended both St. Thomas High School and St. Thomas University. He found his passion in the medical finance field and pursued highly successful careers as a Director of Revenue Cycle at Triad Hospitals, Administrative Finance Director at Memorial Hermann Hospital, and was currently employed as Chief Operating Officer at U.S. Physiatry in Houston, Texas.

Matthew was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2016 and was undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the time of his death. We would like to acknowledge the excellent and compassionate care of the nursing staff and attending physicians at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

He was passionate about his involvement in the Tour de Cure and participated since its inception in Houston in 2009. The Tour de Cure supports the American Diabetes Association to fund their children’s programs. He also rode in the BP MS150 bike ride in support of Multiple Sclerosis Research. One of Matthew’s proudest achievements was that he was able to donate stem cells to save the life of Mycal Bandy of Tennessee in 2008.

When they were first married, Matthew’s entrepreneurial spirit led them to create several successful businesses, which led to their lifelong love of antiquing. They loved spending time at the beach in their RV and were enthusiastic foodies.

The memorial service will be held at 10 am, August 18th, 2016 at Katy Funeral Home, located at 23350 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, Texas 77494. Telephone number is 281-395-7070.

In lieu of flowers Donations can be made to the Tour de Cure. Matthew was always a top fundraiser and had already started for this year. Matthew’s fundraising page can be accessed with the following link:

http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?px=4702179&;pg=personal&fr_id=11043